Santa Cruz Bicycles

Hightower

  • Sriracha & Red (Shown with 27.5+ wheels)
  • Matte Carbon & Mint (Shown with 29" wheels)

Price & Customize

Customizations:

Frame Color

  • Sriracha & Red (Shown with 27.5+ wheels)
  • Matte Carbon & Mint (Shown with 29" wheels)

Shock

  • Rock Shox Monarch RT
  • Rock Shox Monarch RT3

Fork

  • FOX Rhythm 140 29
  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RC 140
  • Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 140
  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 150

ENVE Wheels

  • White
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Magenta
  • Light Blue
  • Lime Green
  • Burgundy
  • Mint
  • Emerald
  • Orange
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Mint
  • Tangerine
  • Slate Blue
  • No ENVE
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Build Kit Options

R

From $3599 USD

  • FOX Rhythm 140 29 Fork
  • SRAM NX Derailleur
  • SRAM Level T Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect AL Cranks
S

From $4599 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RC 140 Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide R Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect AL Cranks
S+

From $4599 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide R Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect AL Cranks

Overview

Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon.  Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.  

So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?

29
If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands. 

27.5+
When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.

No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*.  Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration.  Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.

135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-style linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up.  The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there. 

By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 230 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon

*Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.

Build Kit Options

X01

From $6599 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 140 Fork
  • SRAM X01 Eagle Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide RSC Brakes
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon Cranks
X01+

From $6599 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 150 Fork
  • SRAM X01 Eagle Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide RSC Brakes
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon Cranks
XX1

From $7999 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 140 Fork
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle Cranks
XX1+

From $7999 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 150 Fork
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle Cranks

Overview

Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon.  Running either proven 29" wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.  

So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?

29
If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands. 

27.5+
​When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.

No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*.  Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration.  Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.

135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-style linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up.  The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there. 

This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 230 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off half a pound from the frame.  

*Please note: 140mm fork comes standard on the 29” kits, and is exchanged for a 150mm version on the 27+ builds to keep the 67° head angle consistent.

 

R
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFOX Rhythm 140 29
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM NX
ShiftersSRAM NX
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1110
BrakesSRAM Level T
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 Series; integrated
BarsRace Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
StemRace Face Ride, 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D711; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D712; 12x148mm
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 29x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRace Face Ride 31.6x400mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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S
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkRock Shox Pike 29 RC 140
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesSRAM Guide R
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40, Integrated
BarsRace Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D541 Torque Cap; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
RimsRace Face AR27
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 29x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
S+
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkRock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesSRAM Guide R
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40, Integrated
BarsRace Face Ride Lo-Rise; 760mm; 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D541 Torque Cap; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
RimsRace Face AR 40
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Rekon EXO 3C, Tubeless Ready, 27.5x2.8
Rear TireMaxxis Rekon Exo; 27.5x2.8
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder
X01
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 140
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT3
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM X01 Eagle
ShiftersSRAM X01 Eagle
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetSRAM X1 Eagle Carbon
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1295; 10-50t
ChainSRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock
BrakesSRAM Guide RSC
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40, Integrated
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp, 780mm
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque CapDT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque Cap
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 148x12DT Swiss 350 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 27m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 29x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
Launch Bike Builder
X01+
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 150
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT3
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM X01 Eagle
ShiftersSRAM X01 Eagle
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetSRAM X1 Eagle Carbon
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1295; 10-50t
ChainSRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock
BrakesSRAM Guide RSC
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40, Integrated
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp, 780mm
StemRaceface Turbine Basic
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque Cap
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 40
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Rekon EXO 3C, Tubeless Ready, 27.5x2.8
Rear TireMaxxis Rekon Exo; 27.5x2.8
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
Launch Bike Builder
XX1
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 140
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT3
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
ShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1295; 10-50t
ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock
BrakesSRAM Guide Ultimate
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110, Integrated
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp, 780mm
StemEaston Haven Aluminum 31.8mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubIndustry Nine Torch Torque Cap; 110x15mmIndustry Nine Torch Torque Cap; 110x15mm
Rear HubIndustry Nine Torch 148x12Industry Nine Torch 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 27m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 29x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder
XX1+
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike 29 RCT3 150
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT3
About
Rear DérailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
ShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle
Chainring Size30 Tooth
CranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1295; 10-50t
ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock
BrakesSRAM Guide Ultimate
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110, Integrated
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon Flat Bar, 31.8mm clamp, 780mm
StemEaston Haven Aluminum 31.8mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubIndustry Nine Torch Torque Cap; 110x15mm
Rear HubIndustry Nine Torch 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 40
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Rekon EXO 3C, Tubeless Ready, 27.5x2.8
Rear TireMaxxis Rekon Exo; 27.5x2.8
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRock Shox Reverb Stealth; 150mm travel (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
Launch Bike Builder

Frame Only Options

  • Carbon CC Frame & Rock Shox Monarch RT3: $2999 USD

Model Info

Features

  • 135mm (5.3") VPP™ suspension
  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 15mm thru-axle fork
  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • 29" wheels
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Carbon C and Carbon CC frame options
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Integrated Headset (IS41; IS52)
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Sizes: M, L, XL
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Tech Info

51mm
Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated; IS41 upper, IS52 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length200mm
Fork Compatibility140mm, 150mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Brake TypesIS-mount disc
Water Bottle Mounts1 main triangle

Geometry

Low - 29er Standard

Measured with a fork with a 551mm axle-to-crown measurement and a 51mm offset.

MLXL
Reach430mm16.93"450mm17.72"475mm18.7"
Stack609mm23.98"613mm24.13"623mm24.53"
Head Tube Angle67°67°67°67°67°67°
Seat Tube Length420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"
Front Center730mm28.74"752mm29.61"781mm30.75"
BB Height337mm13.27"337mm13.27"337mm13.27"
BB Drop33mm1.3"33mm1.3"33mm1.3"
Wheelbase1165mm45.87"1187mm46.73"1215mm47.83"
Chainstay Length435mm17.13"435mm17.13"435mm17.13"
Head Tube Length95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"
Top Tube Length601mm23.66"622mm24.49"650mm25.59"
Seat Tube Angle74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°74.3°
Standover Height710mm27.95"713mm28.07"720mm28.35"

High - 27.5+ Standard

Measured with a fork with a 561mm axle-to-crown measurement and a 51mm offset.

MLXL
Reach428mm16.85"448mm17.64"473mm18.62"
Stack610mm24.02"615mm24.21"624mm24.57"
Head Tube Angle66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°66.8°
Seat Tube Length420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"
Front Center734mm28.9"756mm29.76"784mm30.87"
BB Height335mm13.19"335mm13.19"335mm13.19"
BB Drop27mm1.06"27mm1.06"27mm1.06"
Wheelbase1168mm45.98"1190mm46.85"1219mm47.99"
Chainstay Length434mm17.09"434mm17.09"434mm17.09"
Head Tube Length95mm3.74"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"
Top Tube Length602mm23.7"623mm24.53"651mm25.63"
Seat Tube Angle74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°74.1°
Standover Height707mm27.83"710mm27.95"717mm28.23"

Sizing

M
5'4" — 5'9"
L
5'9" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'6"

Detail Images

Support

Tech Info

Shock: Rock Shox Monarch RT3

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)125 psi15-18 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)145 psi15-18 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)165 psi15-18 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)185 psi15-18 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)205 psi15-18 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)225 psi15-18 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)245 psi15-18 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)265 psi15-18 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)285 psi15-18 mm
280lbs (127kg)305 psi15-18 mm

Tech Info

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting.  Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

Can I mount a front derailleur?

No, this bike is not compatible with a front derailleur.  Single ring only!

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish. 

What Happens if I run a 150mm Fork with 29" Wheels?

If you keep your fork at 150mm when swapping from 27.5+ tires to 29" tires, it will result in a bottom bracket height increase of 3.4mm, and your head angle and seat angle will get 0.4 degrees slacker. 

What Kind of Headset Do I Need?

This bike uses an integrated headset with drop-in bearings and molded-in bearing races. The SHIS measurement is IS41 (upper) and IS52 (lower). 

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost.  Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 4" (100mm).

What's the Biggest 27.5+ Tire I Can Fit?

2.8in tires fit really nicely, and 3.0s will fit, but they can be a bit tight. If you have a lower-profile tire, and don't see a lot of mud, you can definitely run a 3.0. If you're looking for more aggressive rubber, or ride in muddy conditions regularly, you'll want to stick to 2.8s. 

What's With The Chip?

The reversible chip at the shock mount is designed to maintain the frame's geometry when swapping between standard 29-inch tires and 27.5+ tires. The "Low" setting is designed for 29er use, and the "High" setting for 27.5+. While 27.5+ tires have a diameter that's similar to the 29er tire, it's not quite equal, so reversing the chip is a must to maintain the handling characteristics. 

Flipping the chip to "High" without swapping to 27.5+ tires results in an increase of 3.1mm to bottom bracket height, and an increase of 0.25 degrees to your head and seat angles. 

Warranty & Registration

Lifetime Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, please register using the form below at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: fill out the Warranty Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 

Handlebars

Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warranted for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.

File a Warranty Claim

Something not right? Use our Warranty Claim Form to file a warranty claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

 

If you have any other questions, or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department.